Chaitya hall

Chaitya hall

A structure, or artificial cave, with an apse encircling a stupa.
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chaitya hall

A hall of worship adjacent to a Buddhist monastery.
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Starting with an early chaitya hall (Cave 4), probably dating to the end of the 1st century CE (figure 1), on the basis of carefully explored historical and stylistic connections, it progresses to a small cluster of late 5th-century caves (Caves 1, 3, 4A) near the old hall.
The closest monuments to the early caves of Ajanta are the other rock-cut chaitya halls of western India at sites like Bhaja, Bedsa and Pitalkhora.
The chaitya halls executed at this time were some of the first spaces in Asia made for congregational worship.